Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)

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Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)
Metropolis Suite I of IV- The Chase album cover.JPG
EP by
ReleasedAugust 24, 2007
Genre
Length17:30
LabelBad Boy
Producer
  • Big Boi (exec.)
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Control Z
  • Chuck "Wolfmaster" Lightning
Janelle Monáe chronology
The Audition
(2003)
Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)
(2007)
The ArchAndroid
(2010)
Singles from Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)
  1. "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!!"
    Released: June 1, 2007[1]
  2. "Sincerely, Jane."
    Released: August 25, 2008[2]
  3. "Many Moons"
    Released: August 2008

Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) is the debut extended play (EP) by American recording artist Janelle Monáe, released August 24, 2007 on Bad Boy Records. Produced by Monáe, Control Z, and Chuck Lightning, the EP constitutes the first installment of Monáe's seven-part Metropolis conceptual series.

The EP debuted at number 115 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 5,200 copies in its first week.[3] It was re-released as a special edition on August 12, 2008 and produced three singles, "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!!", "Sincerely, Jane.", and "Many Moons".

Upon its release, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) received critical acclaim from music critics, with "Many Moons" being nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

Concept[edit]

Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) is the first installment of Monáe's seven-part Metropolis conceptual series, inspired by Fritz Lang's science fiction classic film, Metropolis (1927).[5] It follows a fictional tale of android Cindi Mayweather who is mass-produced in the year 2719 for a market filled with severe social stratification.[citation needed] Mayweather falls in love with a human, and is sentenced to disassembly.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[7]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Art Nouveau Magazine4.5/5 stars[8]
The Boston Globefavorable[9]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[10]
The Kansas City Starfavorable[6]
NewsdayB[11]
PopMatters8/10[12]
Robert Christgau(dud)[13]
Seattle Timesfavorable[14]

Metropolis received critical acclaim upon its release. Mark Nero from About.com gave the EP a positive review saying "Though she's new to the mainstream, the quirky, highly-talented singer Janelle Monae has been putting out music for years. ... If you've heard the original version of the EP, there's no need to pick this up unless you're a diehard fan, but if this is your first exposure to Janelle's music, you're in for a treat.[15] Hip-Hop DX gave the EP a positive review saying, "Even without the random interplanetary references and notions of forbidden robot love, Metropolis has the type of production that takes its cues from something made in the past, as well as the future. The drums hit hard, and when combined with the synth keys, strings and the occasional electric guitar, they make for an oddly enjoyable mix."[16] The Kansas City Star gave the EP a positive review.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Metropolis: Suite I had minor success in the United States where it peaked at number 115 on the US Billboard 200 chart and fared much better on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number 20. The album also charted on the Top Heatseekers chart at number two. The EP spent one week on the Billboard 200, but spent 9 weeks altogether on both the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Top Heatseekers chart.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Suite I
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The March of the Wolfmasters"Charles Joseph II (Chuck Lightning), Nathaniel Irvin III (Nate Rocket Wonder)1:27
2."Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!!" (featuring The Skunks)Janelle Monáe Robinson, Joseph II, Irvin III3:13
3."Many Moons"Robinson, Joseph II, Irvin III5:34
4."Cybertronic Purgatory"Robinson, Joseph II, Irvin III1:40
5."Sincerely, Jane."Robinson, Joseph II, Irvin III5:36
Total length:17:30

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) adapted from AllMusic.[18]

  • Terrence Brown – piano, strings
  • Control_z – engineer, drum programming, mastering, mixing
  • Cutmaster Swift – scratching, cut
  • Brian Davis – graphic design, concept, layout design, creation
  • Provi Fulp – concept, stylist, creation
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Jaspects – horn section, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax
  • Chuck Lightning – concept, story, creation
  • Lord Of The Cybersoul Patrol – executive production
  • Lord Mitchell A. "MitchOW!ski" Martian – mastering, mixing, concept, assistant, creation
  • Janelle Monáe – hammond organ, vocals, background vocals, production, executive production, concept, soloist, creation, voiceover
  • Emily "Widget" Parker – concept, creation
  • Kellindo Parker – concept, creation
  • Kellis Jr. Parker – guitar, soloist
  • Antwan "Big Boi" Patton – executive production
  • Donna Permell – photography, concept, creation
  • George "Rico" Rodriguez – concept, creation
  • Ben Rose – photography, concept, creation
  • Skunks – snaps
  • Chris Stanford – photography, concept, creation
  • Delvin Stanklin – concept, creation
  • Sweetfish – bass
  • Wolfmaster Lightning – arranger, vocals, production, associate production, associate arranger
  • Wolfmaster Z – organ, synthesizer, guitar, piano, arranger, keyboards, electric piano, programming, vocals, production, artwork, graphic design, mastering, mixing, concept, layout design, instrumentation, creation
  • Wolfmasters – executive production
  • Wondaland Arts Society – creative director, concept, creation

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 115
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 20
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard)[19] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Violet Stars Happy Hunting! - Single by Janelle Monáe on Apple Music". apple.com. June 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "Sincerely, Jane (Live At the Blender Theater) – Single by Janelle Monáe on Apple Music". apple.com. August 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Harris, Chris. Jonas Brothers Top Miley Cyrus For First #1 Album Of Their Career. MTV. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". E! Online. December 3, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). AllMusic. Retrieved on December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Columnist. "Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)". The Kansas City Star: F3. August 12, 2008.
  7. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). About.com. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Columnist. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Art Nouveau Magazine. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  9. ^ Capobianco, Ken. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The Boston Globe. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  10. ^ Burgess, Omar. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). HipHopDX. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  11. ^ Gamboa, Glenn. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Newsday. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  12. ^ Wikane, Christopher John. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). PopMatters. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. Robert Christgau: CG: Janelle Monae. Retrieved on October 28, 2013.
  14. ^ Matson, Andrew. Review: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Seattle Times. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  15. ^ "Janelle Monae – "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)"". Randb.about.com. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  16. ^ Burgess, Omar (September 25, 2008). "Janelle Monae – Metropolis: The Chase Suite". HipHop DX. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  17. ^ "Metropolis: The Chase Suite [Special Edition] - Janelle Monáe". Billboard. August 30, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  18. ^ Credits: Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). AllMusic. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  19. ^ a b c "Chart History: Janelle Monae". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2010.

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